Las Vegas Journals

Exciting Day-Trips from Vegas

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A September 2006 trip to Las Vegas by airynfaerie

Hoover Dam Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: We used Las Vegas as a "homebase" for our week-long vacation, and took several day trips to see natural wonders!
Las Vegas Roads Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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There are various options one has for transportation around Las Vegas and the areas within day-trip distance. Let's start from arrival into the area by air...All flights into Las Vegas are directed though the McCarran International Airport, which sits conveniently just off the southern end of the Strip in the heart of the city. This very modern airport provides all the tools a traveler will need during their stay, and easy access to every option of transport. (You can even kick start your Vegas stay off right, by enjoying the casino right there in the terminals). Like most modern cities, transportation options are numerous from taxis, limos, private shuttle, public buses, and a...Read More

Grand Canyon West (Grand Canyon Skywalk)

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Attraction | "A Look 4,000 Feet Below into the Canyon"

Grand Canyon West (Grand Canyon Skywalk) Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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One of the most famous day trips from Las Vegas is a visit to the Grand Canyon, and the closest entrance for visitors from the "City of Sin" is that of the West Rim. Grand Canyon West, lies on the Hualapai Indian tribal lands reservation, and offers many unique experiences over that of the south entrance, which tends to be more crowded (although since the addition of the new Skywalk, crowds are increasing here at the West Rim).Located just 120 miles east of Las Vegas, a visit to one of the world's greatest splendors is an easy drive and a sight not to be missed in a lifetime. Because this entrance is in a remote part of the desert with many miles of unpaved roads and scarce gas stations, o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2009

Grand Canyon West (Grand Canyon Skywalk)
Pierce Ferry Road To Diamond Bar Road
Peach Springs, AZ 89146
(928) 769-2219

Zion National Park

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Attraction | "A Park Named After Heaven"

Zion National Park Photo, Springdale, Utah
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One of the most breathtaking national parks has to be Zion National Park, with the colorful, looming rocks, hanging gardens, emerald pools, and pristine rivers.We visited Zion as a day trip from Las Vegas, and I can honestly say that I'd rather have stayed in this lovely park for a few extra days. It was quite easy navigating through the roads to the entrance and parking lot. We paid the entrance fee and were greeted by knowledgeable and courteous staff at the lodge where we read a bit about the history of the park and the sites within it. Be sure to pick up some literature there which will guide you through the must-see spots in this massive park.The staff told us about three ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2009

Zion National Park
Zion Boulevard
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
(435) 772-3256

Hoover Dam

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Hoover Dam Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Just a couple hours drive from Las Vegas is a architechtural wonder on the Nevada-Arizona border. The Hoover Dam cuts through the Colorado River next to the Lake Mead recreational area and offers hours of exploration for the tourist, young and old. We arrived early in the day, around 9:00 which is when the visitor center opens. This gave us ample parking spaces to choose from in the parking garage and little to no traffic leading into the dam area. Currenly there is construction on a huge bridge that will pass over the dam for through traffic, but until the completion date in 2008, expect more delays while passing through the narrow, winding roads near the site. The tour ticket also allows you entry i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2006

Hoover Dam
US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

The District at Green Valley Ranch

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Attraction | "Shopping, Entertainment, and Dining Away from the Strip"

The District at Green Valley Ranch Photo, Henderson, Nevada
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If, while visiting the "City of Sin", you get a little overwhelmed by the bright neon lights, loud casino bells, and the crowds that never sleep, you can easily get to the smaller, much calmer neighboring town of Henderson. Located in downtown Henderson, just across from the spa-casino of Green Valley Ranch, is the lovely center named The District, which offers everything from shopping and dining, to entertainment and a park.Located adjacent to Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa, just about 10 minutes down the highway from the Strip, an afternoon in The District can give a traveler a bit of a peaceful time strolling the pedestrian-friendly plazas and outdoor shopping center. Designed as a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2009

The District at Green Valley Ranch
2240 Village Walk Drive
Henderson, Nevada 89052
(702) 564-8595